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Morning Scoop: Doilies and tea, traffic snarls, agribusiness anger

October 15, 2009 |  9:51 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're hoping gray skies won't scare off our Thursday farmers market. Warm up your morning with some California stories in today's Los Angeles Times:

Frightening news: Four of the patients who received radiation overdoses at Cedars-Sinai in 2006 say they first learned about the mistakes from news reports. They say the hospital called them to ask questions but never informed them about the CT scan error.

Agribusiness anger: Michael Pollan's appearance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo tonight so riled some local alumni in farming and ranching that at least one of them threatened to reconsider his donations to the school.

Doilies and tea: Sacramento columnist George Skelton takes a look at the recent frank talk on governing by Jerry Brown and Ron George.

Four years later: Metrolink has spent $30 million to settle most of the lawsuits from the 2005 Glendale train crash.

Marriage ban trial: A judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a constitution challenge to Proposition 8, saying a trial was necessary to resolve legal and factual disputes about the same-sex marriage ban.

Traffic snarls: L.A.'s budget crisis could spell headaches at ballgames and concerts as the city stops providing free traffic officers to help keep cars moving at such spots as the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre and Dodger Stadium.

Don't park here: Santa Monica is about to try a bold experiment: raising the rates of its best downtown parking spots in hopes that people will stop parking in them.

If you see people suddenly drop to the ground at 10:15 this morning, it's probably the Great California Shakeout drill. We'll bring you more news as we get it.

See anything out there you think we should be writing about? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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